How to Whiten Underarms
Darkening of underarms is the consequence of poor personal hygiene, prolonged exposure to strong chemicals present in deodorants, shaving, friction between the skin and tight-fitting garments, accumulation of dead skin cells and excessive perspiration. Besides being a social embarrassment, dark underarms can also lead to bad body odor and itching.
Home Remedies for Lightening Dark Underarms
There are a few simple home remedies for lightening dark underarms. Rub the area with the slices of a fresh lemon for 10 minutes twice every day. Lemon is a natural bleaching agent that lightens the dark skin of the underarms, and its caustic juice prevents microbial growth in the area. It is also advisable to use alum powder instead of deodorant for a few weeks, as this not only acts as a disinfectant but also prevents excessive sweating. You could also make a paste by mixing together a tablespoon each of lime juice and cucumber and add to it a pinch of turmeric powder and apply this paste on your underarms, 15 minutes before bathing.
Using coconut oil to wash the armpits every day is also helpful in reducing darkening of skin. You may also massage the affected area with vitamin E oil every night before going to bed in order to lighten the skin naturally. For another remedy, mix a tablespoon each of gram flour and curd with a teaspoon each of turmeric and milk and apply this paste on your underarms. Leave it on till it dries and then rinse it away with cold water. If there is sweating and itching in the area, apply sandalwood paste to get rid of body odor and prevent skin rashes and infections. Regular application of sandalwood powder mixed with rose water also helps lighten the tone of the skin.
For another remedy, mix some dried orange peel powder with a tablespoon of yogurt and rub the affected area with this paste. This remedy is especially effective in lightening dark underarms if you have dry skin. You may also use the juice of a raw mashed potato or simply slice it into thin pieces and apply this on the underarms. The juice of potato has natural bleaching properties, which help make dark underarms lighten in complexion. Rubbing the underarms with a little baking soda every day after bathing is also useful in treating dark underarms. Also, rub the slices of a tomato in circular motions over the area for 10 minutes every day to lighten dark underarms.